HPPR http://hppr.org en Does Business Innovation Depend On A CEO's Age? http://hppr.org/post/does-business-innovation-depend-ceos-age Does having younger managers really mean a company is more innovative? An analysis of innovation at private companies in the United States and across the world finds an inverse relationship correlation between disruptive innovation and the age of managers at those companies. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:07:00 +0000 editor 30577 at http://hppr.org Spring Breakers Who Want Snow And Thrills Ski Tuckerman's Ravine http://hppr.org/post/spring-breakers-who-want-snow-and-thrills-ski-tuckermans-ravine On a clear weekend day, as many as 3,000 people will make the three-mile trek up the side of New Hampshire's Mount Washington to the snowfields, defying steep terrain and the threat of avalanches. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:07:00 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 30576 at http://hppr.org The Origins Of The Domesticated Chili Pepper http://hppr.org/post/origins-domesticated-chili-pepper The domesticated chili pepper is the most widely grown spice crop in the world. A team of researchers at the University of California Davis has discovered the origin of that pepper. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:07:00 +0000 editor 30575 at http://hppr.org Plant Breeders Release First 'Open Source Seeds' http://hppr.org/post/plant-breeders-release-first-open-source-seeds A group of scientists and food activists is launching a <a href="http://www.news.wisc.edu/22748">campaign</a> Thursday to change the rules that govern seeds. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Daniel Charles 30570 at http://hppr.org Plant Breeders Release First 'Open Source Seeds' Polio Hits Equatorial Guinea, Threatens Central Africa http://hppr.org/post/polio-hits-equatorial-guinea-threatens-central-africa Health officials are worried.<p>After being free of polio for nearly 15 years, Equatorial Guinea has <a href="http://www.polioeradication.org/Dataandmonitoring/Poliothisweek.aspx">reported</a> two cases of the disease.<p>The children paralyzed are in two distant parts of the country. So the virus may have spread widely across the small nation.<p>The outbreak is dangerous, in part, because Equatorial Guinea has the worst polio vaccination rate in the world: 39 percent. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 07:29:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 30571 at http://hppr.org Polio Hits Equatorial Guinea, Threatens Central Africa Meet The Sisters Saving Spanish Horses From Slaughter http://hppr.org/post/meet-sisters-saving-spanish-horses-slaughter It's been four years since Spain's construction-fueled economy collapsed, leaving 57 percent of young Spaniards out of work. Noisy protesters occupy Madrid's streets every weekend, demanding jobs and an end to punishing austerity.<p>But there is another, voiceless victim of the country's economic crash: Spanish horses.<p>They once carried the <em>conquistadores</em> into battle in the Americas. Spanish purebred horses have long been the choice breed for royal equestrians across Europe and for cowboys in Hollywood films. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 07:28:00 +0000 Lauren Frayer 30572 at http://hppr.org Meet The Sisters Saving Spanish Horses From Slaughter When Divorce Leads To A Happily Ever After For A Small Business http://hppr.org/post/when-divorce-leads-happily-ever-after-small-business Married couples in America co-own 3.7 million small businesses, according to the Census Bureau, and the arrangement can be fruitful when both marriage and business are going well. But what happens when it doesn't? Most of the time, when the love dies, the business relationship ends, too.<p>But that's not always the case.<p>Take Rhonda Sanderson and her ex-husband. They divorced the way many do, fighting over money and various other things. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 07:27:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 30573 at http://hppr.org When Divorce Leads To A Happily Ever After For A Small Business Sichuan Pepper's Buzz May Reveal Secrets Of The Nervous System http://hppr.org/post/sichuan-peppers-buzz-may-reveal-secrets-nervous-system The Sichuan peppercorn is known to give some Chinese dishes a pleasant tingling feeling.<p>What's not so pleasant is that pins-and-needles feeling we get when our foot falls asleep — or when patients who suffer from <a href="http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/paresthesia/paresthesia.htm">paresthesia</a> experience constant tingling in their limbs.<p><a href="http://mcb.berkeley.edu/index.php?option=com_mcbfaculty&name=bautistad">Diana Bautista</a>, a neuroscientist at the University of California, Berkeley, wondered: Could these sensations be connected?<p>Bautista says a lot of what we know co Thu, 17 Apr 2014 07:25:00 +0000 Ike Sriskandarajah 30574 at http://hppr.org Sichuan Pepper's Buzz May Reveal Secrets Of The Nervous System John Edwards Resumes Career As Trial Attorney http://hppr.org/post/john-edwards-resumes-career-trial-attorney Former U.S. senator and Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards has returned to a North Carolina courtroom to help represent a 4-year-old Virginia boy in a medical malpractice case.<br /> <br />Edwards is one of three attorneys representing the parents and guardians of a boy with brain damage and physical injuries they say occurred in December 2009.<p>At that time, the boy was an infant in the care of Pitt County Memorial Hospital in Greenville, N.C., and an emergency room doctor.<br /> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 05:55:00 +0000 editor 30569 at http://hppr.org John Edwards Resumes Career As Trial Attorney Own your very own Texas oil well http://hppr.org/post/own-your-very-own-texas-oil-well <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Lone Star State has always been willing to gamble on oil and gas drilling.&nbsp; The bets are big, and the latest boom has mostly been the work of companies and investors with plenty of capital.&nbsp; A new Texas company could change that.&nbsp; For a minimum investment of $80,000 you can own your very own oil well </span><a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/texas/2014/04/03/giddy-up-now-you-can-own-your-own-oil-well/" style="line-height: 1.5;">reported StateImpact Texas.</a></p><p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 05:00:03 +0000 Cindee Talley 30549 at http://hppr.org Own your very own Texas oil well ‘August: Osage County’ reveals Oklahoma film rebates are “bad business” http://hppr.org/post/august-osage-county-reveals-oklahoma-film-rebates-are-bad-business <p></p><p>Oklahoma State Rep. David Dank says a recently released report the Oklahoma Department of Commerce shows legislative film rebates are a “bad deal” according to a <a href="http://kgou.org/post/dank-oklahoma-wasted-42m-august-osage-county">recent story from KGOU</a>.</p><p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 05:00:03 +0000 Cindee Talley 30546 at http://hppr.org ‘August: Osage County’ reveals Oklahoma film rebates are “bad business” Kale: Everything old is new again http://hppr.org/post/kale-everything-old-new-again <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There’s an old song, “Everything old is new again.”&nbsp; This year a portion of Skip’s vegetable garden will be on the cutting edge of the latest culinary style.&nbsp; In addition to featuring some heritage tomatoes and watermelons from the 1800s, she’s decided to add some kale seeds to the patch of greens that traditionally provide the makings of her summer salads.&nbsp; If you haven’t been to the produce section recently, here’s an update on what’s hot and what’s not.</span></p><p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 05:00:03 +0000 Cindee Talley 30545 at http://hppr.org Kale: Everything old is new again Free Drug Samples Prompt Skin Doctors To Prescribe Costlier Meds http://hppr.org/post/free-drug-samples-prompt-skin-doctors-prescribe-costlier-meds Every "free" sample comes with a price.<p>Dermatologists who accept free tubes and bottles of brand-name drugs are likelier to prescribe expensive medications for acne than doctors who are prohibited from taking samples, a study <a href="http://archderm.jamanetwork.com/journal.aspx">reports</a> Wednesday.<p>The difference isn't chump change. When patients see a dermatologist who gets and gives free samples, the average cost of medicines prescribed is $465 per office visit. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 23:01:00 +0000 editor 30568 at http://hppr.org Free Drug Samples Prompt Skin Doctors To Prescribe Costlier Meds Book Review: 'Kinder Than Solitude' http://hppr.org/post/book-review-kinder-solitude Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. Author Yiyun Li's latest novel begins with a death. Three friends are linked to the victim and the clues begin to pile up. But this isn't your typical whodunit. There's no famous detective helpfully vacationing nearby, no friendly sidekick or devious villain. Even the crime of poisoning occurred in the distant past.<p>Instead, the novel explores what happens when bad memories are buried for a lifetime. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:16:00 +0000 editor 30567 at http://hppr.org Book Review: 'Kinder Than Solitude' Israel's Ultra-Orthodox Put Faith In Unorthodox Dating Service http://hppr.org/post/israels-ultra-orthodox-put-faith-unorthodox-dating-service Yael Mizrachi, a 33-year-old Israeli woman, has been to many matchmakers.<p>"Too many," she says, rolling her wide dark eyes and tossing her shoulder-length hair.<p>Matchmakers are the traditional way to find a mate in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community to which Mizrachi belongs. But she is not entirely traditional.<p>"I identify myself as a modern ultra-Orthodox," Mizrachi says.<p>Mizrachi is part of a growing number of ultra-Orthodox Jews in Israel who are seeking job skills, getting higher education or joining the military. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:16:00 +0000 Emily Harris 30565 at http://hppr.org Israel's Ultra-Orthodox Put Faith In Unorthodox Dating Service Rescuers Deliver Most, But Not All, Nigerian Schoolgirls To Safety http://hppr.org/post/rescuers-deliver-most-not-all-nigerian-schoolgirls-safety According to the Nigerian military, all but eight of the girls kidnapped from a Nigerian boarding school have been rescued. As many as 100 girls had been abducted by militants earlier in the week. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:16:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 30564 at http://hppr.org Bloomberg Seeks To Alter Gun Debate With $50 Million, And Moms http://hppr.org/post/bloomberg-seeks-alter-gun-debate-50-million-and-moms Billionaire Michael Bloomberg's plan to invest $50 million in what he describes as a mom-driven grass-roots effort to support pro-gun-safety candidates grabbed headlines Wednesday, and energized gun control activists.<p>The commitment, the former New York City mayor says, aims to beat back the profound political influence of the National Rifle Association in 15 targeted states — to "make them afraid of us," he told NBC's <em>Today </em>show.<p>"This is what the American public wants," Bloomberg said, referring to his group's intended focus on gun-purchase background checks.<p>Polls show that B Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:49:00 +0000 Liz Halloran 30566 at http://hppr.org Bloomberg Seeks To Alter Gun Debate With $50 Million, And Moms On Your Mark, Get Set, Grow: A Guide To Speedy Vegetables http://hppr.org/post/your-mark-get-set-grow-guide-speedy-vegetables Yes, it is true that gardening requires patience.<p>But face it, we live in an impatient world. And gardeners everywhere were depressed by the brutal and endless winter. (True story: The polar vortex killed my fall kale crop!)<p>So we are understandably eager to get sowing. And to see results by ... well, if not next Thursday, then maybe mid-May?<p>There are two ways to make this happen. Some garden varieties naturally have a short germinate-to-harvest cycle. Then there are the hybrids developed at universities and seed companies. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:19:00 +0000 Marc Silver 30561 at http://hppr.org On Your Mark, Get Set, Grow: A Guide To Speedy Vegetables New Fossil Takes A Bite Out Of Theory That Sharks Barely Evolved http://hppr.org/post/new-fossil-takes-bite-out-theory-sharks-barely-evolved Sharks have looked more or less the same for hundreds of millions of years. But a newly discovered fossil suggests that under the hood, a modern shark is very different from its ancient ancestors.<p>The finding, <a href="http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nature13195.html">published in the journal Nature</a>, strongly implies that sharks are not the "living fossils" many paleontologists once thought they were. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:05:00 +0000 Geoff Brumfiel 30563 at http://hppr.org New Fossil Takes A Bite Out Of Theory That Sharks Barely Evolved Legal Moves Might Mean Fiscal Relief, And More PR Troubles, For GM http://hppr.org/post/legal-moves-might-mean-fiscal-relief-and-more-pr-troubles-gm General Motors is signaling its plans to ask a bankruptcy judge for protection from lawsuits related to a defective switch recall. As Michigan Radio's Tracy Samilton reports, the action could further complicate its current public relations crisis. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:05:00 +0000 editor 30562 at http://hppr.org Justice's 'Peacemaker' Unit Focuses On Transgender Rights http://hppr.org/post/justices-peacemaker-unit-focuses-transgender-rights A groundbreaking survey reports that <a href="http://transequality.org/PDFs/Executive_Summary.pdf" target="_blank">nearly 2 out of 3 transgender people</a> say they've been victims of physical assault. Most of those crimes are never reported to police. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:05:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 30559 at http://hppr.org Justice's 'Peacemaker' Unit Focuses On Transgender Rights From Cuba To LA Baseball Diamond, Yasiel Puig's Dangerous Odyssey http://hppr.org/post/cuba-la-baseball-diamond-yasiel-puigs-dangerous-odyssey Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel.<p>Yasiel Puig is the star second-year outfielder with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He is a Cuban refugee who plays with phenomenal athletic talent and abandon. In fact, sometimes what he abandons is the guidance of his coaches and manager. He is energetic to the point of recklessness when he's running bases or playing the outfield. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:24:00 +0000 NPR Staff 30558 at http://hppr.org When Parents Are The Ones Too Distracted By Devices http://hppr.org/post/when-parents-are-ones-too-distracted-devices Having a teenager lost in his or her cellphone — texting friends and communicating with parents in monosyllabic grunts — has become a trope of the Internet age. But teens are not the only ones distracted by their devices.<p>Many parents have the same problem. As much as I hate to admit it, I'm one of them.<p>A couple weeks ago, my 12-year-daughter, Ella, staged an intervention. She and my wife basically threatened to take my phone and break it.<p>"Sometimes at night you'll just stand around and ... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:24:00 +0000 editor 30557 at http://hppr.org When Parents Are The Ones Too Distracted By Devices Iranian U.N. Ambassador's Past Makes Fodder For Diplomatic Dust-up http://hppr.org/post/iranian-un-ambassadors-past-makes-fodder-diplomatic-dust The U.S. has denied a visa to Hamid Aboutalebi, Iran's choice as ambassador to the United Nations, which is based in New York. Aboutalebi is an experienced diplomat, but his past involvement as a translator during the 1979 takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran is problematic. Iran has complained to the world body, and a special committee is set to review the issue next week. <em>Bloomberg</em> reporter Sangwon Yoon explains the diplomatic controversy and how it may play out. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:24:00 +0000 NPR Staff 30556 at http://hppr.org Man Reaches For The Sun For A Solution To Pakistan's Gas Crisis http://hppr.org/post/man-reaches-sun-solution-pakistans-gas-crisis Spring has crept up to the foothills of the Himalayas and, in Islamabad, Pakistan's purpose-built capital, the air is full of the scent of roses and the yelling of birds.<p>Yet, even in this most stately of South Asian cities, it is impossible to escape the realities of an unstable nation that has yet to figure out how to meet some of the basic needs of its 200 million or so citizens.<p>Islamabad long ago adjusted to attacks by Islamist militants by setting up roadblocks and turning its government buildings, five-star hotels, villas and diplomatic enclaves into modern-day fortresses, wrapped i Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:24:00 +0000 Philip Reeves 30554 at http://hppr.org Man Reaches For The Sun For A Solution To Pakistan's Gas Crisis Ukrainian Tanks Roll In — But Above Them Russian Flags Fly http://hppr.org/post/ukrainian-tanks-roll-above-them-russian-flags-fly Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish. We begin this hour with the latest from eastern Ukraine. The Ukrainian military is continuing an operation to oust pro-Russian militants from occupied government buildings, but today, it experienced a setback. Ukraine's defense department confirms that some of its armored personnel carriers began flying the Russian flag. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:24:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 30553 at http://hppr.org The New SAT: Less Vocabulary, More Linear Equations http://hppr.org/post/high-schools-most-dreaded-test-gets-makeover The standardized test that's been giving America's college-bound teenagers nightmares since the 1920s is getting a makeover.<p>On Wednesday, the College Board offered new details on changes to its SAT. Among the biggest shifts: Gone are the days of memorizing obscure vocabulary words. Though if you're in high school and set to take the SAT next year, don't burn those vocabulary flashcards just yet. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:24:00 +0000 editor 30552 at http://hppr.org The New SAT: Less Vocabulary, More Linear Equations Entering Talks In Geneva, U.S. Hopes For A Ukraine Breakthrough http://hppr.org/post/entering-talks-geneva-us-hopes-ukraine-breakthrough Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel.<p>Tomorrow, Secretary of State John Kerry is due to meet in Geneva with his counterparts from Russia, Ukraine and the European Union. It's hoped the multilateral talks will produce a diplomatic breakthrough on the crisis in Ukraine. Analysts say that without that, the U.S. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:24:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 30551 at http://hppr.org South Korea Ferry Disaster Sets Rescuers, And Fears, In Motion http://hppr.org/post/south-korea-ferry-disaster-sets-rescuers-and-fears-motion Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Tragedy in South Korea today. Hundreds are missing after a ferry sank off the country's southern coast. At least six people are confirmed dead so far, but there is fear that the death toll will rise dramatically. Passengers who were rescued said they believe many more were trapped below deck.<p>We're joined now by Jason Strother. He's a journalist based in Seoul.<p>And, Jason, first can you tell us about what happened here? Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:24:00 +0000 NPR Staff 30550 at http://hppr.org Ex-City Manager Caught In Calif. Salary Scandal Gets 12 Years http://hppr.org/post/ex-city-manager-caught-calif-salary-scandal-gets-12-years Robert Rizzo, the former city manager of Bell, Calif., who pleaded no contest to conspiracy, misappropriation of public funds and falsification of public records, has been ordered to serve 12 years in state prison and repay nearly $9 million.<p>Rizzo, who was city manager of Bell until 2010, apologized during sentencing, telling Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Kathleen Kennedy that he "[breached] the public trust" and that "I am so sorry for that. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:13:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 30555 at http://hppr.org Ex-City Manager Caught In Calif. Salary Scandal Gets 12 Years